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Notable Headlines ...................................................................................... 2 Editorials.................................................................................................... 2 Budget Issues ............................................................................................. 2 Business and Consumer Issues .................................................................. 3 Campaign Finance Issues........................................................................... 4 Crime & Public Safety Issues .................................................................... 4 Economic and Financial Issues .................................................................. 5 Education Issues ........................................................................................ 5 Energy Issues ............................................................................................. 5 Environmental Issues ................................................................................. 6 Ethics Issues .............................................................................................. 6 Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea ................... 6 Gay and Lesbian Issues.............................................................................. 6 Gun Issues ................................................................................................. 6 Health Care Issues ..................................................................................... 6 Immigration and Border Issues .................................................................. 7 Israel .......................................................................................................... 7 Other Social Issues .................................................................................... 7 Senior Issues .............................................................................................. 7 Tax Issues .................................................................................................. 8 Tea Party .................................................................................................... 8 Transportation Issues ................................................................................. 8 Women‟s Issues ......................................................................................... 8 Miscellaneous ............................................................................................ 8 2012 Campaign ........................................................................................ 10

Notable Headlines Editorials Budget Issues
Sent Out Press Release Accusing Owens of “Costing Americans $4 Billion a Day” In November 2011, Doheny sent out a press release that accused Rep. Owens of “costing Americans $4 billion a day.” The math Doheny used to reach this number was to figure out how much the debt was when Owens first took office, the debt today, then divided it by the number of days Owens spent in office. However, the number did not take into account the spending that Owens voted against and spending that he had no control over. [Watertown Daily Times, 11/20/11] Supported Debt Reduction Legislation If Balanced Budget Amendment Voted Down In November 2011, Doheny supported passing legislation aimed at reducing the national debt if the balanced budget amendment failed to pass. Doheny said, “We‟re going to cross over to $15 trillion of the national debt soon. Soon thereafter our debt will equal 100 percent of our Gross Domestic Product and these are scary numbers. We have to live within our means and we have to make decisions to get there and Congress needs to see that‟s what they were sent there for.” [newzjunky.com, 11/18/11] Supported “True Balanced Budget Amendment” In November 2011, Doheny supported the balanced-budget amendment that was set to be put up to a vote in the House. Doheny said, “This is a White House who continued in their bank book to spend a trillion dollars more each year than we take in. President Obama) is a big government liberal and Obama and our current congressman want to continue to spend, spend, spend without any end in sight and want to raise taxes to do it. You always need to have some sort of emergency prevision if we‟re in a time of war or some sort of imminent conflict where war hasn‟t been declared immediately or technically. There has to be some carveout for a major war or conflict.” [newzjunky.com, 11/18/11] In Favor of Balanced Budget Amendment In November 2011, Doheny said that he was in favor of a balanced budget amendment, and said that without it, spending would spiral out of control.

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Doheny said, “We need this amendment because unfortunately, without it, Congress will continue adding to the deficit.” Doheny‟s opponent, Rep. Owens said he was not likely to back the amendment because it could effect funding for border security, Fort Drum, and emergency aid.
[Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 11/18/11]

Doheny Would Have Voted Down Debt Deal In September 2011, Doheny said he would have voted down the debt limit compromise deal, and said he didn‟t believe that the government would have shut down if legislation to increase the debt ceiling had not passed. Doheny said, “As someone who does understand finance, there‟s a lot of ways to finance your way through as a stop-gap measure to make sure that no services or national security needs go unmet, to make sure they actually are met… When you‟re on a continuing collision course with whatever insolvency at the national level looks like, we have to do something about it. Look at President Obama‟s baseline budget for the next 10 years. Almost $1 trillion dollars of debt that will continue to be added. That‟s the wrong direction. We need to make a stand.” [Capital Tonight, 9/22/11] Doheny: Ryan Plan Not Extreme Enough In a September 2011 interview, Doheny said he would not have voted for Rep. Paul Ryan‟s Republican budget plan because it would not have balanced the budget quickly enough. When asked whether he would have supported the plan, Doheny said, “No, I wouldn‟t have, for a similar reason. Now if you look actually, and I‟ve studied the Paul Ryan plan and there‟s a lot of good things. But I would have voted against it because, at the end of the day, if you look at the end result of the Paul Ryan budget, we don‟t have a balanced budget until 2063 – 52 years from now.” [Capital Tonight, 9/22/11] Doheny Did Not Have Definitive Answer On Stop-gap Funding Bill For Disaster Aid In September 2011, Doheny said that he could not give a definitive answer as to whether or not he would have supported the stop-gap funding bill for disaster aid, because he had not had a chance to study the bill. Doheny said that he wanted to refund FEMA, but not through tax increases. When asked if we would have to raise taxes to refund FEMA, Doheny replied, “But we don‟t. We have so much revenue coming in, we just have to make policy, make choices to make sure these programs that are necessary continue on, in terms of dealing with national security, and the core functions of why we really have government.”
[Capital Tonight, 9/22/11]

Business and Consumer Issues
Doheny Criticized Owens‟ Support SOPA

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In January 2012, Doheny condemned Owens‟ endorsement of the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would allow the Department of Justice or private companies to attempt to shut down sites that are accused of committing or allowing copyright infringement. “Right now, in terms of how it‟s currently drafted, there is no due process,” Doheny said. “Bill‟s a lawyer. He knows better than that, to put himself on a bill.” Doheny believes there‟s a more efficient method to root out piracy than by shutting down websites. “It‟s like putting a nuclear missile where we need a scalpel,” Doheny said. “We need to cut off the funding as opposed to blowing up people who need to do commerce. You‟ve got to be pretty darn careful when you‟re shutting down businesses and infringing upon free speech.” [Watertown Daily Times, 1/09/12] Doheny: Owens Supported „Fatally Flawed‟ Bill In January 2012, Doheny continued his criticism of Owens‟ endorsement of SOPA. “Bill Owens supported this bill at its very worst, when it applied to both foreign and domestic sites and allowed private companies broad powers to cut off funding to sites without a court order,” Doheny said. “Backlash from fellow legislators and the tech community prompted some changes, but the bill remains fatally flawed. Even President Obama gets this. Why doesn‟t Bill Owens?”
[North Country Now, 1/17/12]

Accused Owens of “Selling Out” to SOPA In January 2012, Doheny accused Owens of “selling out” his constituency because he supported SOPA. Doheny's office referred to broadly defined groups and industries that supported SOPA and how much they donated to Owens‟ campaigns. [North Country Now, 1/20/12]

Campaign Finance Issues
Doheny: Reported Raising $0 in Q3, Received $30,572 Payment From Political Consulting Firm In October 2011, Doheny reported raising $0 in Q3, but he received a $30,572 payment from political consulting firm Greener & Hook, well over the $2,500 campaign contribution limit. A spokesman for Doheny said that Greener & Hook overestimated costs for media buys in 2010 and was returning the leftover money. [capitaltonight.com, 10/19/2011]

Crime & Public Safety Issues

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Economic and Financial Issues
Spoke Against Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act In October 2011, spoke out against Congressman Owens support of the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act and said that the bill could incite a “trade war” with China. Doheny claimed that the bill was a stimulus plan for Asia and South America and said, “The bill is another anti-business measure that will result in higher prices for North Country consumers," Doheny said. "It will also limit markets for our North Country farmers and businesses, or force their prices so high in those markets that they would not be competitive… Instead of punitive measures, we need to work with China directly and through the World Trade Organization to make sure their currency is freely valued without intervention on the open market." [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 10/5/2011] Doheny: American Jobs Act in “Stimulus 2.0” In September 2011, Doheny criticized Congress‟ current handling of the economy, as well the American Jobs Act. “It‟s the wrong policies. It‟s really stimulus 2.0,” he said. In addition, Doheny called for reduced government spending, but not any cuts to the military that would hurt Fort Drum. [ynn.com, 09/21/2011]

Education Issues Energy Issues
Disagreed With Obama‟s Decision to Delay Review on Keystone Pipeline In December 2011, Doheny said that he disagreed with Obama‟s decision to delay a review on the Keystone XL pipeline. Doheny said, “National unemployment has sat stubbornly at 9 percent all year. But President Obama would rather cow-tow to the environmentalists than to green-light a project that could create 20,000 needed jobs.” [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 12/1/11] Doheny: Tied Owens to Solyndra In October 2011, Republican candidate Matt Doheny tried to tie Rep. Owens to the federal loan given to solar-panel company Solyndra by criticizing a comment Owens made about how even venture capitalists suffer losses on investments.

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Doheny said, “My opponent ignores an important distinction. Private individuals are free (and encouraged) to make investments with their own money for the chance at big rewards. But taxpayers should not expect similarly risky bets to be placed on their behalf by members of Congress.” He also said that taxpayers should be “horrified” over the loan to Solyndra and the findings of the Congressional hearings on Solyndra. [Capital Tonight, 10/13/2011]

Environmental Issues
Disagreed With Obama‟s Decision to Delay Review on Keystone Pipeline In December 2011, Doheny said that he disagreed with Obama‟s decision to delay a review on the Keystone XL pipeline. Doheny said, “National unemployment has sat stubbornly at 9 percent all year. But President Obama would rather cow-tow to the environmentalists than to green-light a project that could create 20,000 needed jobs.” [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 12/1/11]

Ethics Issues Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea Gay and Lesbian Issues Gun Issues
Would Have Supported National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act In November 2011, Doheny said that he would have voted for the National right to Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow permitted gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state lines. Doheny‟s opponent, Rep. Owens voted for the bill. Doheny said Owens made the right call but said that in the past, Owens had supported former Speaker Pelosi, who he called one of the biggest anti-gun politicians. [Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 11/18/11]

Health Care Issues
Wanted Supreme Court to Rule Health Insurance Mandate as Unconstitutional
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In November 2011, Doheny wanted the Supreme Court to rule the health insurance individual mandate as unconstitutional after the Supreme Court announced it would take up challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Doheny said, “I‟m pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to hear the appeal of Obama Care. I‟m hopeful the court will find, as I‟ve long argued, that forcing Americans to purchase health care insurance is unconstitutional. My opponent supported this government overreach and has defended it many times. Since the congressman refuses to protect Central and Northern New Yorkers from this onerous and costly regulation, perhaps the Supreme Court will. Regardless of the court‟s eventual decision, I will work hard when elected to repeal Obama Care.” [northcountynow.com, 11/15/11] Doheny: Slammed Owens Over CLASS Act In October 2011, Doheny criticized Owens over his support of health care reform due to recent information from the Department of Health and Human Services that the CLASS Act portion of the plan would not be able to stay solvent. The CBO said that the plan would provide $70 billion in deficit reduction over the first 10 years because it would not pay out anything for the first 5 years. In a statement, Doheny said, “Did Bill Owens help sell this lie to the American public? Or did he fail to do the research that would have told him these savings weren't real?” [Watertown Daily Times, 10/20/2011] Ripped Owens and Obama on CLASS Act In October 2011, Doheny called the CLASS Act an “accounting gimmick” and said that the Affordable Health Care Act was “built on a foundation of lies and faulty promises.” Doheny said that the average American would need to pay $3,000 to keep the program going. He then said that the only way to make the CLASS program work would be to turn it into an entitlement program, which he felt would overextend the government‟s reach and waste taxpayer dollars. [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 10/24/2011]

Immigration and Border Issues Israel Other Social Issues Senior Issues
Doheny Open to “Seismic Change” to Medicare, Social Security.
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In a September 2011 interview, Doheny said that balancing the federal budget would require “seismic change” and “deep structural issues that have to be examined.” When pressed on whether those changes would include Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, Doheny responded, “We have to look at everything.” [Capital Tonight, 9/22/11]

Tax Issues
Doheny: Spoke Out Against Canadian Visitor‟s Tax In October 2011, Doheny spoke out against the $5.50 Canadian visitor‟s tax included in the U.S.Colombian Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act. Doheny said that he supported expanding free trade alliances and he understood the need for new revenue, but said that turning away tourist money was not the right solution. He said, “It will hurt our businesses at the very time we need to promote growth, which will lead to employment and jobs in the North Country.” Doheny pointed out that increased border security had already turned away many Canadian tourists, and the new fee could hurt ferry businesses. Doheny‟s opponent Owens also spoke out against the tax.
[adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 10/27/2011]

Doheny: Taxing Millionaires is the Wrong Policy In September 2011, Doheny said that taxing millionaires is the wrong policy, and the real problem the country faces is growth. Doheny said, “I can‟t think of any economic reasoning I‟ve ever read that said, „Why don‟t we tax the job creators, the business peoples and the entrepreneurs more‟ at the exact moment we‟re saying „Please invest more, please go and take the risk to grow your business, to start your business.‟ Liz, it‟s common sense. And as a business person, and someone who understands the economy and economics, that‟s what I bring to the race here in the next 14 months.” [Capital Tonight, 9/22/11]

Tea Party Transportation Issues Women‟s Issues Miscellaneous
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Doheny: Owens is Not a True Catholic In February 2012, Doheny accused Owens of being loyal to Obama‟s health care legislation instead of his Catholic roots. “Owens is a Catholic, but he‟s put his loyalty to ObamaCare first by defending the ruling. I think this is another significant step toward the nanny-state government that President Obama and Bill Owens want.”
[northcountrynow.com, 2/08/12]

Wanted to Repeal Canadian Customs Fee In December 2011, Doheny supported repealing a $5.50 customs fee on Canadians who entered the US by air or sea, which was a part of the Colombian Free Trade Act and called it a tax on travelers. Doheny‟s opponent Owens also opposed the fee and said that Congress should be supporting the tourism industry. Doheny said, “(It's) antithetical to the aims of the free trade bill it was tucked into and would have devastated our ferry-based tourism businesses. Congress was being duplicitous. On one hand, it was rightfully supporting the free flow of goods and people. But on the other, it was wrongly creating a disincentive for that kind of commerce.” [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 12/1/11] Made Over $8 Million in 2010 and First Nine Months of 2011 In October 2011, Doheny made over $8 million in 2010 and the first 9 months of 2011. Doheny received $7.9 million in deferred compensation from Fintech Investments Ltd, a Wall Street firm where he worked on top of his $462,956 salary from Fintech Advisory Inc. Doheny tried to reduce his Wall Street connections by creating a new investment firm and naming it North Country Capital.
[Watertown Daily Times, 11/04/11]

Doheny: No Preference on GOP Candidates, Liked Cain‟s 9-9-9 Plan In October 2011, Doheny said that he would support whichever Republican candidate won the primary process against Obama in 2012. Doheny spoke in support of Romney and Cain‟s “productive plans” for taxation and economic growth, and he‟s happy that Republican candidates have been focusing on economic growth and job creation. Doheny said that he liked Cain‟s 9-9-9 plan and said that “the plan has helped catapult him to the top tier.” Doheny was also interested in seeing Rick Perry‟s plan. [adirondackdailyenterprise.com, 10/25/2011] Clarified Earlier Praise For 9-9-9 In October 2011, Doheny clarified a statement he made saying that he liked Cain‟s 9-9-9 plan. Doheny said he favored eliminating the estate tax and lowering corporate tax rates, but he was unsure about the national sales tax found in Cain‟s plan, saying, “The challenge with the national

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sales tax is, when you give Congress the ability to tax people in different ways, it never seems to go down.” Doheny said that any plan that moved away from progressive tax rates would be ideal for growth in the economy. [mpcourier.com, 10/26/2011] Doheny: Any of the Republican Presidential Candidates Would Be Great In September 2011, Doheny said he did not have a favorite Republican presidential candidate, but any of them would be great. Doheny said, “I think people are tired, people are tired of what Obama is doing and they really want a new change. We will have a quality candidate who will be able to deliver that message.” [Capital Tonight,
9/22/11]

Doheny Announces Bid For Congress In September 2011, Republican Matt Doheny announced his bid for Congress, and cited job growth and the deficit as his major concerns. Doheny said that growth is vital in fixing the economy, and that easing regulations and keeping taxes low will do that. When asked about Social Security and Medicare, Doheny said, “Throughout the campaign, we‟re going to talk about specific changes.” When asked about cuts to defense programs, he said that one of the cornerstone functions of the federal government is to provide national defense. [Watertown Daily
Times, 09/21/2011]

Doheny Will Teach at Clarkson University In September 2011, Doheny will teach a course on venture capital and private equity at Clarkson University. Doheny spent a large part of the past decade as a portfolio manager. He also founded North Country Capital LLC, a firm investing in startups and companies seeking expansion. [Watertown Daily
Times, 09/08/2011]

2012 Campaign
Republican Announced Run Against Doheny In February 2012, Kellie Greene, a Republican from Oswego County, announced she would run against Doheny for the Republican nomination. [wptz.com, 2/01/12] Doheny: Raised Big Money from “His Core Group of People” In January 2012, Doheny raised about $306,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012, predominantly from largedollar donors. The average contribution was $2,200.

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“Obviously, Matt has friends and business contacts that are everywhere,” said Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour. “When he needed to start fundraising, he reached out to his core group of people.” [Watertown
Daily Times, 1/27/12]

Doheny: Carried $2,265,000 in Debt to Loans As of January 2012, Doheny‟s campaign was carrying $2,265,000.00 of debt to the candidate for loans. [Doheny for Congress, 2011 Year-End FEC Report, Filed 1/26/12] Greene: Potential Doheny Challenger In December 2011, Kellie Greene, formerly of Sackets Harbor, announced that she moved back to New York to take on Doheny for the Republican nomination for the 23rd district seat. Greene was set to speak at the Flower Memorial Library with other tea party-oriented folks like herself.
[Watertown Daily Times, 12/8/11]

Doheny Expected to Have Competition for GOP Nomination In November 2011, Essex County Republican Chair Ronald Jackson said he expected that Doheny would have competition to receive the GOP nomination for the 23rd district seat. Jackson said that no other Republicans had contacted him to discuss running, but felt sure that someone would. [Post Star, 11/29/11] Met With Republican Congressmen in DC In October 2011, Doheny went to DC to meet with powerful Republicans, including Pete Sessions, head of GOP campaign and fundraising efforts, Tom Price, former chair of the Republican Study Committee, and Kevin McCarthy, the House majority whip. Doheny said of his meetings, “They‟re going to support me. It‟s as simple as that,” Mr. Doheny said Saturday. “They understand that I‟m the person, working hard, doing what we need to do to turn this district Republican again… They were very pleased I put my hat in the ring again. I‟m a known quantity and have an understanding of the process.” Doheny said that Republican leaders would do “whatever [they] can do to help”. Doheny also spoke to the GOP conference, including Speaker Boehner. [Watertown
Daily Times, 10/30/11]

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